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Kootenay National Park

Kootenay National Park Kootenay National Park, a place of unique contrasts, from icy mountain rivers to steamy hot springs.  

Kootenay National Park is best known for connecting nature between Banff Alberta and Radium Hot Springs British Columbia, in the beautiful Columbia Valley. Kootenay National Park was established in 1920 as part of an agreement to build a new road across the Rockies. The park can boast of hot springs, ancient fossils, world class backcountry trails and an infinite winter playground.

It takes roughly 60 minutes to complete the scenic drive through Kootenay National Park. Highway 93 South only shows you a glimpse of its incredible nature. Stop in at the Information Centre to plan your trip through the park or download our Kootenay App to make the most of your drive.

Spend the day exploring deep canyons and tumbling waterfalls just a short stroll from the highway. Or, plan a vacation traversing the park’s backcountry trails.

Hiking in Kootenay National Park

Stop and stretch your legs on a self-guided interpretive trail alongside Highway 93 South, or take a thigh-burning all-day hike to an alpine meadow, backcountry lake or mountain pass. With more than 200 kilometres of trails, Kootenay National Park offers countless possibilities for the day stroller and expert backpacker alike.

Camping in Kootenay National Park

Parks Canada has three front country campgrounds and one group campground in Kootenay National Park. Located in the north, middle and south ends of the park, these campgrounds offer a variety of services while allowing visitors to unplug, relax and stay close to all of the adventure.

During peak season (mid-June until early September), there are over 300 campsites available. Demand is heaviest on long weekends between May and October and all weekends in July and August.

  • Redstreak Campground including the oTENTiks
  • Marble Canyon Campground
  • Crooks Meadows
  • McLeod Meadows
Burgess Shale in Kootenay National Park

The Burgess Shale is one of the most significant fossil finds on earth. These exquisite fossils found in Kootenay & Yoho national parks are changing our understanding of evolution itself. Parks Canada protects these internationally significant treasures. We also make it possible for people from around the world to visit in person and explore the origins of life on earth.

Backpacking in Kootenay National Park

There are six backcountry campgrounds in Kootenay National Park. Five are located along the Rockwall Trail, while the sixth is on the Verdant Creek Trail connecting to Banff National Park. Campgrounds are equipped with:

  • Tent pads
  • Dry toilets
  • Communal picnic tables
  • Food storage cables or lockers

Backcountry campgrounds in the Shadow and Egypt Lake areas of Banff National Park are also accessible from Kootenay National Park trails.